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Special meeting in Dassel Sept. 5

DASSEL, MN – A special Dassel City Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the Dassel History Center.

Agenda items include:

• A city staffing discussion

• 2019 preliminary general fund budget and levy

• Update on Discover Dassel and Home to Roost project donation requests/reimbursements

• Close meeting for labor union negotiation strategy

Look for coverage in the Friday, Sept. 14 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

New MN Poultry Princess is from Dassel

MINNESOTA – Isaac Dubois, a native of Mora in Kanabec County, and Eleanor Weckwerth, a native of Dassel in Meeker County, were granted Gold’n opportunities Aug. 26, after being crowned as the ninth-annual Poultry Prince and Princess. The scholarship program of Minnesota 4-H and Gold’n Plump, a Pilgrim’s brand, recognizes the industry knowledge, leadership and skills of Minnesota’s up-and-coming poultry experts by awarding two teenagers with poultry ambassador titles and $1,000 academic scholarships.

Eligible Minnesota State Fair 4-H poultry participants competed in the scholarship program at the State Fairgrounds Aug. 23-26. Eleanor and Isaac stood out among the contestants, claiming the title after ranking highly in the qualifying rounds of the 4-H poultry interview, quiz and showmanship competition; the 4-H Chicken BBQ contest; and the Q&A and stage presence final round.

Runners up included:

• Issac Tesch from Mayer in Carver County

• Kayla Lenzmeier from Isanti County

• Ruby Radunz from Meeker County

• Simon Otto from Wright County

Sunday’s finals required the top six contestants to showcase their poultry knowledge with strong stage presence and personality, answering questions such as, “How often do most hens lay eggs?” and “How do you protect your chickens from Minnesota’s heat in the summer and cold in the winter?”

Along with $1,000 scholarships, the Poultry Prince and Princess will have the opportunity to expand their speaking, interview and presentation skills through industry and publicity appearances during their year-long term and will receive royal portraits created by the official State Fair artist, Kristi Abbott. They also had the chance to participate in the State Fair parade on Sunday.

“We’re proud to see this program continue into its ninth year. I am continually impressed by the work and determination each student puts into the scholarship program,” said Sharon Davis, Extension Educator and Science of Animals Director, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development.

Learn more about the 2018 Poultry Prince and Princess Contest at

Butter sculpting starts today for Princess Kay finalists

MINNESOTA – Rebekka Paskewitz, a 20-year-old college student from Browerville, representing Todd County, was crowned the 65th Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Aug. 22.

She and the 11 Princess Kay finalists are scheduled to have their likenesses sculpted in butter as follows:

  • Friday, Aug. 24: Melendy Miller, Plainview, representing Wabasha County;
  • Saturday, Aug. 25: Laura Grimm, Waconia, representing Carver County;
  • Sunday, Aug. 26: Julia Mullenbach, Rose Creek, representing Mower County;
  • Monday, Aug. 27: Amy Broll, Chaska, representing Carver County;
  • Tuesday, Aug. 28: Megan Hollermann, Burtrum, representing Todd County;
  • Wednesday, Aug. 39: Blaize Dankers, Plainview, representing Wabasha County;
  • Thursday, Aug. 30: Ashley Maus, Freeport, representing Stearns County;
  • Friday, Aug. 31: Katherine Gathje, Richmond, representing Meeker County;
  • Saturday, Sept. 1: Catherine Thompson, Plainview, representing Olmsted County;
  • Sunday, Sept. 2: Korissa Lindquist, Kerkhoven, representing Kandiyohi County; and
  • Monday, Sept. 3: Calissa Lubben, Edgerton, representing Rock County.

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Auditions announced for ‘Finishing School’

DASSEL, MN – FungusAmongus Players will be holding auditions for “Finishing School” Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 25 at 10 a.m. at the Dassel History Center.

Auditions will be readings from the script; please bring a list of all schedule conflicts.

Performance dates will be October 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21.

“Finishing School,” by Elaine Liner, is a comedy about the friendship between Wizzer, the oldest resident of an assisted-living facility, and Al, a newcomer adjusting to life at what may be his final address.

The friends meet daily to read the obits, or, as they call them, the senior citizens’ sports page. Their lives get more interesting when they meet mother and daughter Shirley and Minnie.

Roles include two old curmudgeonly men, one late 60s to barely 70, the other much older; a woman in her 30s; a woman in her 50s or 60s; and one voice actor of either gender and any age.

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Annual AWANA Carnival Wednesday, Aug. 22

COKATO, MN – First Baptist Church is excited to host their annual AWANA Carnival. There will be fun and games for all Wednesday Aug. 22 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.  Also available will be the opportunity to join the program.

Call 320-286-2562 with any questions.

Blood drive in Dassel Monday, Aug. 20

DASSEL, MN – A Red Cross blood drive willl take place from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 in Dassel at Evangelical Covenant Church, 301 Lake St. Ave.

Make an appointment to donate blood by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).